Sports Physiology and Statistics

If I want to build up my heart, where should I start? Science scholars use statistics in a sports physiology setting during an insightful experiment. Groups measure resting and active heart rates and develop a scatter plot that shows the correlation between the two as a measure of physical fitness.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class propose additional trials to include in the activity to further develop the heart rate profile
  • Instruct groups to create a presentation of their findings to use as a fitness public service announcement
Classroom Considerations

  • If time is limited, assign only the first task and assess based upon the graphed results

  • Each task builds upon the previous one to create a deeper understanding of statistical analysis
  • The subject matter is interesting and relevant in both science and math classes
  • Comes complete with printable worksheets and teaching strategies

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